Epoxy resin Consoles

Epoxy resins are one of the most adaptable materials for hobbyists to use. Originally developed for the aerospace industry, today’s epoxy resins are extremely user-friendly and easily obtainable. Purchased off the shelf at specialty retail stores, one of the most common examples is West System epoxy. Epoxy resins are purchased in two parts, Part A and Part B. Separating the reactive components allows for very long shelf life, ease of storage, and customized mixing solutions. read here
Effortlessly dispensed with manufacturer-supplied metering pumps, controlling the important chemical ratios is automatic and simple. Mixing the components together creates a workable liquid that will solidify into the desired shape over time. This solidification is known as “cure” and is determined by the chemical structures of the materials being mixed and the temperature and humidity of the working environment. The solidified resin is non-sticky, clear, and sandable.
Epoxy resin properties include adaptable composition, excellent physical strength, and superior bonding characteristics. Epoxy resins can be modified with different hardener and additive combinations. When properly mixed and applied, epoxy is an extremely strong material, especially with the addition of reinforcements such as glass fibers, carbon fibers, or a wide range of other materials. Other additives can create colors, textures, pastes, and many other structural and visual effects.
Epoxy is one of the best adhesives available, with the condition that proper surface preparation is achieved. Surfaces must be clean, dry, and sanded to a dull finish to achieve good bonding prospects. A wide range of materials, including wood, metal, fiberglass, many plastics, and countless other materials can be successfully bonded with epoxy resin. Testing the material on a small sample area is very important. Often overlooked is the practice of doing a small test before the actual work is attempted. Create a sample mixture and allow it to harden, while monitoring the available working time. Then, where possible, test a small sample with the repair materials to check for satisfactory results. This will prevent putting effort into a project and obtaining poor results due to problems with processing, material incompatibility, or bond failure.
Epoxy has a huge variety of uses, including:
*As an adhesive for metals, glass, plastic, wood, ceramic, etc.
*As a hard, solid substrate that is “machinable” allowing for it to be cut, drilled, and sanded
*As a working medium that can be molded into complex shapes to finished dimensions
*As a mold substrate and form for shaping other materials